Museums & Galleries
A visit to Athens would not be complete without a call in at its outstanding museums and galleries that showcase the city’s fascinating history and organic alliance with art and archaeology, as well as its diverse contemporary artistic expression.
HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUMS
The 14,000 square meter glass and concrete landmark designed by architect Bernard Tschumi opened in 2009 and is consistently included on lists of the world’s top 10 museums, known for its historically significant contents as well as its architectural design.
The Parthenon Gallery on the top floor is ingeniously designed to recreate the magnificent temple’s frieze at the same orientation as the Parthenon on the Acropolis, utilizing cast copies of sections that are currently in the British Museum and other collections.
Tel: +30 210 900 09 00
The National Archaeological Museum ranks among the leading archaeological museums in the world, holding the richest collection of Greek artefacts dating from prehistory to late antiquity. Construction began in 1866 with a design by Ludwig Lange and was completed by the famed architect Ernst Ziller in 1889.
The museum contains more than 11,000 items on permanent display across its 8,000 square meters of exhibition space. The objects are organized into 5 collections: Prehistoric (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenean antiquities and finds from the prehistoric settlement of Thira), Sculptures, Vases and Minor Arts, Metalwork, and Egyptian & Cypriot Antiquities.
Among the most popular objects on display are the Mask of “Agamemnon”, the Santorini frescoes, the bronze Zeus/Poseidon of Artemision, and the “Jockey” of Artemision.
In addition to the impressive permanent collections, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and educational programs.
28is Oktovriou 44, Athens
Tel: +30 210 900 0901National Archaeological Museum
While Byzantine culture was almost entirely concerned with religious expression, there was a great diversity of techniques, subjects, and approaches used throughout the Byzantine world.
This diversity is demonstrated through a collection of more than 30,000 artefacts dating from the 3rd to the 21st century. The objects include icons, sculptures, ceramics, ecclesiastical textiles, paintings, jewelries, and architectural elements (wall paintings and mosaics) from all the Greek world as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. Look out for miniature sculptures on themes such as the ‘Descent into Hell’ and the ninth-century relief carving of the ‘Tree of Life’.
The main building was constructed in 1848 in the style of a Florentine Palace to serve as the home of the Duchess of Plaisance. A 12,000 square meter underground wing was added in the 1990s.
Did you know? Byzantine painters used gold to emphasize the distance separating the figures in the icons from the material world.
Vasilissis Sofias Ave. 22, Athens
Tel: +30 213 213 9517Byzantine and Christian Museum
An exceptional museum with a collection of more than 500,000 artefacts, the Numismatic Museum is a literal treasury of historical data tracing the political, commercial, religious, and social life of Greek or other city-states, kings, and rulers through the ages. The collection specializes mainly in coins as well as medals, lead balls, seals, weights, spears, and talents dating from the 14th century BCE to today.
The museum is housed inside the mansion built for Heinrich Schliemann, the archaeologist who discovered the ruins of Troy. Hence the building is named Iliou Melathron (Palace of Troy). The house was constructed between 1878 and 1880 by the famous architect Ernst Ziller in a romanticized neoclassical style that also included elements from the Italian Renaissance. You’ll see Pompeian-style frescoes, floor mosaics depicting Schliemann’s finds at Troy and Mycenae, and excerpts from Greek literary texts as wall decorations.
El. Venizelou Ave. 12, Athens
Tel: +30 210 364 3774Numismatic Museum
The museum is housed in the Stoa of Attalos, a structure built in the 2nd century BCE as a gift to Athens from the King of Pergamon. In antiquity, the stoa was used as a meeting place and as a commercial center.
Fully reconstructed on the ruins of the ancient building from original and new materials, the museum has been operating since 1957 to house the findings of the excavations of the Agora dating from Neolithic times to the post-Byzantine era.
Adrianou Street 24, AthensTel: +30 21 0321 0185
Museum of the Ancient Agora
The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for Ethnomusicology is housed in one of Plaka’s oldest surviving mansions built around 1840. It is one of the last remaining examples of architecture from the reign of King Otto.
The museum displays 1,200 Greek musical instruments and sound emitting objects dating from the 18th century to the present day. In 1978, Fivos Anoyanakis, a musicologist and pioneering researcher of Greek traditional music, donated this unique collection, his library and his archive to the Greek State.
Though the museum is small in size, the exhibits are arranged in a manner that will draw your attention, grouped according to how the sound is initially produced (membranophones, aerophones, chordophones etc.) as well as the body of the instrument. Video projections and audio samples highlight the intangible aspect of the instruments.
The museum was founded in 1991 and is housed in the former residence of the politician and scholar Georgios Lassanis. It was built using surplus material from the construction of the palace of King Otto.
Diogenous Street 1, Athina
Tel: +30 210 325 0198
Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments
Housed in two mansions of the 19th century, the museum occupies buildings at no. 5 (1859) and no. 7 (1833) on Paparrigopoulou Street. The latter was used from 1836-1842 as the first royal residence in Athens of King Otto and Queen Amalia.
The museum is home to many fine examples of furniture, paintings, and engravings that showcase the modern history of Athens from the early 18th to the 20th century. The royal memorabilia include the cooking utensils used by Otto and Amalia and a suite that recreates Amalia’s parlour, including personal items such as her piano. The collection of etchings and engravings create a visual timeline of the city’s evolution over the last three centuries.
Paparigopoulou Street, 5-7, Klafthmonos Square, Athens
Tel: +30 210 324 6164Athens City Museum
Permanently housed in the Old Parliament building on Stadiou Street, the museum narrates the story of modern Greece from the period of Ottoman and Latin rule to the Greek War of Independence (1821), the creation of the independent Greek State until the 20th century. The exhibits are a vivid presentation of historical events through works of art and objects with a focus on the War of Independence.
The Old Parliament was designed by the architect François Boulanger and built from 1858-1875 with modifications by architect Panagiotis Kalkos after the first building was destroyed by fire. It served as the National Parliament from 1875 until 1935.
A must-see is Ektor Doukas’s oil painting “The Women of Pindus” showing the delivery of supplies to Greek troops at the start of the Second World War and immortalizing the active role of women in the country’s history. Another wing of the museum is dedicated to the support of the Greek revolution from philhellenes like Lord Byron.
Old Parliament Building, Stadiou Street 13, Athens
Tel: +30 210 323 7617National Historical Museum
From dinosaurs to fossils, this neoclassical mansion, built in 1875, is Greece’s largest Museum of Natural History and a fantastic family-friendly attraction. Converted into a research centre in 1964, both the building and collection have undergone a radical transformation since its early days.
Young visitors will love the T-rex replica. Sea life enthusiasts should check out the marine biology section, where riches of Greek and international waters surface. The tranquil garden cafe is an attraction in itself.
London’s Museum of Natural History played a large role in the creation of the Gaia exhibition, which tells the story of our planet and how it works.
Levidou Street 13, Kifisia
Tel: +30 210 801 5870Goulandris Natural History Museum
Considered one of the most significant museums of its kind in the world, the Epigraphic Museum has a collection of more than 14,000 inscriptions dating from the 8th century BCE to the Early Christian, Byzantine, and later times, in ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and other languages.
The museum was founded in 1885, but the present building is the result of a series of alterations made during the 1950s. It occupies the south wing of the National Archaeological Museum and is accessed through a dedicated entrance on 1 Tositsa Street.
At first glance, the Epigraphic Museum might seem specialized, but there’s much to fascinate the lay visitor in the 14,000 objects of the collection. The exhibit includes a complete account of the costs for the construction of the Parthenon, as well as a kleroterion, an allotment machine used for appointing the Athenian officials that has been dated to around 162 BCE.
Tositsa 1, Exarchia, AthensTel: +30 210 8232950
Founded in 1977, the museum is dedicated to the history and tradition of Greek Jews. The collection comprises more than 8,000 objects tracing 2,300 years of Jewish history in Greece, including objects, photographs, archival documents, as well as domestic and personal items.
The museum was initially located in a small room next to the Athens Synagogue. In 1998, the collection was moved to its present home, a renovated four-story neoclassical building on Nikis Street near Syntagma Square. Only the exterior walls of the existing 19th century building were maintained while the interior was completely rebuilt to meet the demands of a modern museum.
Nikis Street, 39, Athens
Tel: +30 210 322 5582Jewish Museum of Greece
From the Stone Age to the Classical Period, and from Alexander the Great to World War II, the War Museum narrates the history of Greece through military conflicts. The exhibits include military paraphernalia, models of warships and aircrafts, flags, maps, and other memorabilia. Various types of artillery guns and war aircrafts are on display in the yard.
The heroic Greek resistance mounted against the Nazis is given special emphasis in the displays. A display titled “This is how the conquerors passed through Greece” contains a stark reminder of the price Greece paid for its defiance: 8% of its population was killed from 1940-1944.
A must-see is the lightboard map that shows how news of the Trojan War was transmitted to Mycenae by fire beacons. Although planned and built in 1970 by the military junta as a “monument to Greek valour and military prowess,” the War Museum didn’t open until after the dictatorship’s collapse in 1974.
Rizari Street 2, Athens
Tel: +30 210 725 2974 - 5-6War Museum
Built in the early 1900s in the art deco style, the building was the private residence of Aspasia Manos, the wife of King Alexandros I, before it was taken over by the Athens News Agency. The exhibits include replicas and reconstructions of the pioneering technology invented by ancient Greeks, from navigation, medicine, and telecoms to agriculture, textiles, and sports.
Don’t leave without seeing the theatre sets that include rotating scenes, moving stages, and a mechanism that literally delivered the Deus ex Machina to the stage.
Pindarou Street, 6, Athens
Tel: +30 693 183 1530Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas
This rich collection offers an intriguing perspective on Greek history, highlighting social and regional differences through clothing and headdresses. Dating back to ancient Greece, what people wore and even how they styled their hair, communicated vital information about their social and personal status as well as their origins.
The building constructed in the 1920s shows the first signs of the transition from neoclassicism to modernism. It was purchased in 1935 for the Lyceum Club of Greek Women which, during the Nazi occupation, hosted soup kitchens for children and sheltered some 150 people left homeless by the 1944 bombing of Piraeus.
Well worth seeing is the iconic “Amalia” costume that was created by Greece’s first queen to dress her female court. This urban dress follows the European style but retains elements from the Greek traditional costumes. The design inspired the creation of several “Amalia-nized” styles that became popular in Greece and across the Balkans.
Dimokritou Street, 7, Athens
Tel: +30 210 362 9513Museum of the History of the Greek Costume
This must-see museum showcases the history of the city of Piraeus from the Mycenaean to the Roman Era, covering more than 2,200 years during which the port city thrived as a naval base for ancient Athens and as a major military and commercial center for the Eastern Mediterranean.
The core exhibits were unearthed in Piraeus and along the Attica coastline, including remnants of the 2nd century BCE theatre of Zea that can be seen in the museum gardens. The collection was assembled in 1935 and moved to its current location in 1966.
Did you know that the 4th century BCE bronze statues that were unearthed during works on Piraeus’ sewage system in 1959 were buried there during antiquity for safekeeping against conquerors?
Charilaou Trikoupi Street 31, PiraeusTel: +30 210 452 1598
Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
The Museum was founded in 1949 and housed in its current location since 1969.
The first attempt to establish a museum dedicated to Greece’s maritime history was in 1867 by Captain Gerasimos Zohios. But the project was not realised until influential Piraeus residents banded together with naval officers and lobbied the Greek government for an official archive of the country’s maritime achievements 82 years later. This unsung little museum narrates the Greece’s mighty naval past from antiquity to the 20th century through maps, ship models, nautical instruments, weapons, furniture, wonderful paintings, and everything naval.
A whole section is devoted to the private collection of Aristotle Onassis, a trove of sea-related treasures that once adorned his extravagant yacht, the Christina.
Akti Themistokleous, Freattis, 185 37 Piraeus
Tel.: 210 451 6264 - 210 451 6822 - 210 428 6959 - 210 428 6430
Hellenic Maritime Museum
This non-profit foundation discovers, collects, preserves and studies all materials associated with the art of functional Greek pottery from the 16th to 20th centuries.
The building is a handsome neoclassical structure that was erected as a private residence in 1875. In 1999, the centre for the study of traditional Greek pottery was established in the building.
Since the earliest of times, earthenware vessels have been entwined with many sacred Greek customs and ceremonies surrounding life and death. Look out for the large black and white photograph of a very odd Greek ritual: Every Easter Saturday on Corfu, locals hurl giant clay pots from their windows and balconies as the church bells toll.
Melidoni Street 4-6, Kerameikos, AthensTel: +30 210 331 8491
Museum of Modern Pottery
A rich collection of economic, cultural, and political archives of Greece from 1841 to the 1960s is displayed in the building of the National Bank of Greece. Erected during 1923-1926 by architect Nikolaos Zoumboulidis and engineer Aristidis Balanos, it was the first building in Greece dedicated to house archives. The Historical Archives are accessible to all visitors and scholars.
The National Bank of Greece was the country’s first credit institution founded in 1841 and its archives remain one of the richest sources of information on the country’s economy, social and political life over the past two centuries. Since 2002, Historical Archive has also undertaken the management and presentation of the collections of the National Bank of Greece, which include documents, currency, photographs, stamps, calendars, even furniture.
Megaro Diomidi, Tritis Septemvriou Street 146, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 880 7804
Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece
A naval hero that became a museum, the Battleship G. Averof was built during 1908-1911 in Livorno, Italy, and went on to become the crown jewel of the Greek Navy as an undefeated symbol of a nation, spanning 40 years of service to Greece.
The Averof was purchased from the Italian Navy for 24 million drachmas (around €70,000 in today’s worth). One third of the sum was donated by the estate of the Greek tycoon, Georgios Averof. The battleship was launched on March 12, 1910 and decommissioned in 1952.
It’s hard to understate the value of the Averof in Greece’s naval history. It led Greece into victory during the Balkan Wars of 1910-1912, and assisted in the transport of refugees from Asia Minor in 1922. Today, it operates as a museum, thus fulfilling its benefactor’s wishes.
Marina Flisvos, Trokadero, Paleo Faliro 175 10
Tel: +30 210 988 8211Floating Naval Museum - Battleship "Georgios Averof"
This secret Museum in Plaka, built in 1884, was once a private residence and now contains a private collection of Greek Art. The works date all the way from prehistoric to post-Byzantine times.
The collectors’ preference for clay, marble, and stone vessels lends an interesting depth to the core collection. The new wing of the museum (added in 2010) incorporates the ruins of a medieval residence that was part of the outer fortification walls of the Acropolis.
Theorias Street 12, 105 55 Plaka, Athens
Tel: + 30 210 324 4447
In this small, purpose-built museum, opened in November 2015 on the grounds of Plato’s Academy (now an archaeological park), philosophy and digital technology meet in a playful exploration of Plato’s school of thought.
Travel back in time and muse on the enduring philosophical questions posed by Plato on the very spot where he walked and taught 2,500 years ago. Interactive installations and video projections help you to navigate a profound world of ideas that has influenced modern thought and inspired humanity for two millennia.
The highlight is a digital replica of the cave, which Plato described in The Republic, likening uneducated minds to prisoners chained inside a cave, unable to think for themselves or discover their own path to enlightenment.
Alkmeonos Street 1, Athens
Tel: +30 210 514 2138
The first Greek museum dedicated to the experience of internal political exiles, the Ai Stratis Museum is a journey into several dark periods of modern Greek history.
Opened in 2006, the museum contains poignant personal items such as the bridal gown of a young woman who was executed before her wedding, and a chess set carved from stale bread. Particularly moving are the paintings and sketches by acclaimed Greek artists that were created during exile or inspired by their experience.
Ai Stratis is a small Aegean Island that served as a place of incarceration for political prisoners during several periods from 1926 until 1962 when the camp was permanently shut down.
Ag. Asomaton Street 31, Athens
Tel: +30 210 321 3488
The structure hovers above the façade of a three-story 1920s building in the neighbourhood of Pangrati. The courtyard was designed to complement the steps leading up to the church of Agios Spyridon, which was built in 1903 on designs by the noted German architect Ernst Ziller.
Eratosthenous Street 13, Athens
Tel: +30 210 725 2895Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation
This landmark museum is housed in one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings in Athens near the National Garden and Syntagma Square.
The extensive collection showcases all dimensions of Greek culture from prehistory to the present with exquisite works of art, objects, furniture, traditional costumes, and more. Two 18th and 19th century parlors from Northern Greece, complete with carved-wood paneling and gold-trimmed ceilings, are included in the list of must-see displays.
The original building has undergone substantial alterations with additional wings added in 1930 and the 1990s. Originally home to the Harokopos family, it was bought and renovated by Emmanuel Benakis in 1910. After his death in 1929, the building was turned into a museum by his son, Antonis Benakis.
Koumbari Street 1 & Vas. Sofias Ave., Athens
Tel: +30 210 367 1000
Benaki Museum of Greek Culture
This museum was established in 1986 to house one of the most complete private collections of Cycladic Art in the world. The collection includes examples from all phases of the distinctive Cycladic Island culture that flourished in the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age, as well as collections of Ancient Greek, Roman and Cypriot Art. The most prized exhibits are of course the Cycladic figurines that comprise the core of the collection.
Temporary exhibitions are held in the Stathatos Mansion, a neoclassical residence with a porticoed entrance, roof statuary and atrium. The Stathatos Mansion was constructed on designs by Ernst Ziller as the residence and offices of shipowner and coal merchant Othon Stathatos.
Neofytou Douka Street 4, Athens
Tel: +30 210 722 8321Museum of Cycladic Art
Agion Asomaton Square 5, Athens
Tel: +30 210 321 5717
Alex Mylona Museum
Pireos Street, 138, Athens
Tel: +30 210 345 3111Benaki Museum: Pireos 138
This museum will give you a chance to see the great Greek artist Tsarouchis’ townhouse and artwork. Built in 1965, this charming, suburban dwelling is where Yannis Tsarouchis - one of Greece’s most emblematic and influential modern artists - lived and worked from 1966 until his death in 1989.
Known equally for his paintings and theatrical set designs, Yannis Tsarouchis was one of the most prolific 20th century Greek artists. Well worth seeing are the portraits he made of his close friends and fellow creatives.
Ploutarchou 28, Maroussi
Tel: +30 210 806 2636Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation
The Ghika Gallery in Athens offers rare insight into his world and his work, spanning the period from 1930 to 1990, while showcasing the cultural output of the seminal ‘1930s Generation’ of Greek artists, poets and architects who were swept up in the modernist movement.
Kriezotou Street 3, Athens
Tel: +30 210 361 5702Benaki Museum: Ghika Gallery
A cross between cultural center and museum, the Theocharakis Foundation has the mission to promote music and fine arts both nationally and internationally, especially by introducing them to children and younger audiences.
The building was constructed in the 1920s, designed by architect Vassilis Tsagris in the eclectic style of the interwar period. It has served various functions, especially as office space before being acquired by the Theocharakis Foundation in 2005.
Vasilissis Sofias avenue & Merlin street 1, Athens
Tel: +30 210 361 1206B&M Theocharakis Foundation
The Museum of Folk Art and Tradition has been operating since 1980 inside the former home of the Greek folklorist Angeliki Chatzimichali. The museum houses collections of folk objects, including examples of woodcarving, metalwork, pottery, traditional costumes, embroidery, and carpets made on looms.
The building in Plaka is a historical object in itself. Built in 1929, it is the work of the architect Aristotle Zachos, harmoniously combining traditional elements with neo-Byzantine and Macedonian styles. The visitor can also approach the life and work of Angeliki Chatzimichali through the furniture, books, letters and personal belongings of the folklorist.
Aggeliki Chatzimichali 6, Athens+30 210 324 3987
G. Gounaropoulos (1889-1977) was one of the forerunners of modern art in Greece. In his oneiric and ethereal paintings, Gounaropoulos absorbed the aesthetics of cubism and surrealism, as he experienced them in Paris from 1919 – 1930, alongside elements from his Greek cultural heritage.
Gounaropoulou 6, Athens
+30 210 777 7601
G. Gounaropoulos Museum
Formerly two 19th century dwellings and a stable, it was turned into a residence, and then a museum by the Greek journalist Ian Vorres in a bid to salvage what he saw as a disappearing Greek cultural wealth, due to rapid post-World War II urbanisation.
Parodos Diadochou Constantinou 1, Peania
+30 210 664 2520
The building opened its doors in Psyrri in 2004 to house the Islamic art belonging to the personal collection of Antonis Benakis that he began assembling during his stay in Egypt and continued to build after he settled in Athens.
The collection was enriched with many donations and today contains objects from India, the Middle East, Asia Minor, North Africa, and Spain. It is now one of the most important in the world because of its wide geographical and temporal scope.
Agion Asomaton 22 & Dipilou 12, Athens
Tel: +30 210 367 1000Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
Anakreontos 38, Athens
Tel: +30 210 777 3946Yannis Pappas Studio
The 1830s building that was designed by the Danish architect Christian Hansen was originally a silk factory that gave the surrounding Metaxourgio district its name (metaxi is Greek for ‘silk’).
Mylerou 32 & Leonidou, AthensTel: +30 210 323 1841
Municipal Art Gallery of Athens
Vlassis Frissiras founded this intimate museum in the year 2000 with a private collection of modern European art. Frissiras presents a collection of approximately 4,000 works of contemporary European paintings, engravings, and sculptures by artists such as Jean Rustin, Chronis Botsoglou, Eduard Sacaillan, Alexander Tinei, Leonardo Cremonini, Apostolos Georgiou, Takis and many more. Various thematic exhibitions are organized every year.
The building at No. 3 Monis Asteriou Street dates to 1860, while No. 7 was built in 1904 and bears the mark of architect Ernst Ziller. Both buildings have undergone renovation, yet the internal courtyard of the two buildings remains intact.
Monis Asteriou 3-7, Athens
+30 210 323 4678Frissiras Museum
Originally the home of a wealthy family from Hydra, the museum in the seaside suburb of Palio Faliro opened in 2017 with a collection of toys dating from antiquity up to the 20th century. Its holdings, based on the collection of Maria Argyriadi that is considered among the most important in Europe, include more than 20,000 objects that range from hand-made dolls in traditional Greek folk costumes to puppets from Sicily, wind-up toys, model trains, and board games sourced from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Posidonos 14 & Tritonos 1, Palio Faliro
+30 212 687 5280Benaki Toy Museum
The museum was purpose-built to house the 300+ automobiles belonging to Greek real estate and shipping magnate Theodore Haragionis.
Ioulianou 33, Athens
Tel: +30 210 881 6187Hellenic Motor Museum
Follow the production line, and learn all about the industrial machinery, on a theatrical guided tour in English or French.
Pireos street 100, Athens
+30 213 010 9325Industrial Gas Museum
This novel cultural attraction - with the slogan “The Museum that Clicks with You” - is a shrine to old-school digital technology. You’ll find it off the beaten track in the residential suburb of Moschato where it makes for an interesting diversion.
Especially when one considers that IT has traveled so far, it already needs a museum.
Petrou Spiropoulou 2 & Thessalonikis, Moschato
Tel: +30 210 300 7010Hellenic IT Museum
Voriou Ipirou 27, Marousi
+30 210 612 7245Spathario Shadow Theatre Museum
Vasileos Georgiou B Avenue 19 , AthensTel.: +30 210 331 2995
Hellenic Children's Museum
Dedicated solely to art by children, this is one of the few museums in the world that exhibits work made by children aged 4-14.
The museum opened its doors in 1994 in a neoclassical building on a quiet street in Plaka. Its mission is to introduce children to art as a form of self-expression. There are over 10,000 pieces of art in the collection, a number that grows each year.
Don’t miss the drawings created by children at the Hippokrateio Hospital in Athens between 1945 and 1948. The collection started when the wife of the owner gave the children color pencils, encouraging them to draw to feel comforted. The collection is of great artistic and historical value since it includes drawings created by children right after the German Occupation of Greece and during the Greek Civil War.
Kodrou 9, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 331 2621Museum of Greek Children's Art
An impressive collection of works by jeweler Ilias Lalaounis that were inspired by history and nature. The collection housed in his former residence includes more than 4,500 jewels, micro-sculptures, drawing tools and decorative objects created by Ilias Lalaounis from 1957 to 2002.
The museum also hosts representative examples of decorative arts from private collections, contemporary jewelry by Greek and internationally acclaimed artists, as well as historical jewelry.
Kallisperi 12 & Karyatidon, AthensTel.: +30 210 922 1044
Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum
This secret and unusual museum occupies the former home of Angelos and Leto Katakouzenos, an Athenian couple who were part of the intellectual elite of the so-called “1930s generation”. A visit here offers a vivid immersion into one of the most significant cultural salons of 20th century Athens.
The artistic power couple inhabited this residence overlooking the National Garden from 1960 to 1997.The lively debates and creative experimentation they cultivated there had a lasting influence on cultural and political life in Greece.
Amalias avenue 4, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 322 2144Katakouzenos House Museum
Herakleidon 16 & Apostolou Pavlou 35, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 346 1981Herakleidon Museum
University of Athens, Zografou
Tel.: +30 210 727 4112Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology